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    Mindfulness

    Spread the loveI’m sure you have heard of this term before, but maybe you haven’t found out exactly what it is or if you know what it is, maybe you haven’t consciously put it into practice regularly in your life and would like to. Mindfulness is the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, which one develops through the practice of meditation and through other training. Thanks Wikipedia 🙂 When South Africa went into lock-down on the 27th of March in order to flatten the curve of the Corona Virus pandemic, many of us were suddenly hit with the reality of…

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    Eco-friendly Tips & Products

    Spread the loveSome of you might feel a little overwhelmed when trying to make better choices for the environment through the products we use on a regular basis, so I thought I’d make things a little easier by pointing you to some useful info and tips, as well as products that are easily accessible. Just some info on why choosing eco-friendly cleaning products is the better choice: The problem with most conventional cleaning products is that many contain toxic ingredients that are harmful to humans, water sources, aquatic life, or all three. These toxins reach water sources through septic systems and water treatment systems that are often not able to…

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    You are a Badass: How to stop doubting your greatness & start living an awesome life

    Spread the loveThis is the title of the book I have just read while on holiday, by Jen Sincero. What a great read! I had started it a while back and forgotten about it and so it was an easy choice when I wanted to take an easy read with me to Mauritius. I really love her writing style. She calls us out on our bad habits and inspires us to live our best life, without fear and self-doubt. There were definitely a lot of parts that had me laughing out loud and that really resonated with situations and circumstances in my life. I highly recommend it if you are…

  • Fashion

    Summer sandals

    Spread the loveI don’t know about you guys but I love having a variety of sandals during the summer months. I do tend to stick to neutrals and metallics though because I find them easier to pair with outfits, but I think with all the choices at the moment, I might be a bit more adventurous! Here are some trendy pairs that I am sure will get your attention! Sweetpeas Handmade These just have to be my favourite at the moment- just soooo many colours, styles & patterns! Been eyeing out those Cleo’s for a while now! And exciting news, they are launching their own Espadrille collection soon! Look out!…

  • Travel

    Mauritius

    Spread the loveWe have recently returned from a two week holiday in Mauritius. It was our third time visiting the island, and it never disappoints. In fact, it replenishes my soul every time. The first two trips there were jam-packed with activities and sight-seeing and doing everything we could in the time we had. So this time, it was all about relaxing, soaking up the sun, people & food. There is nothing quite as satisfying as spending half of every day on the most incredible beach. The days where the hardest decisions are tea or coffee, and where we are going to have lunch, are simply wonderful. One of the…

  • Decor,  Fashion

    July Top Picks

    Spread the loveCan you believe it’s July already? Wow, where did the last six months go?! I’ve seen some pretty cool local items lately so I thought I would post my top picks for the month! Sitting Pretty Tansy Dress Muze Shop- BK Shirt Dress Check out their brand new online shop! Sweetpeas Handmade- Silver Cleo Sandals It might be winter but we still have beautiful hot days to wear pretty sandals! Lucky & Lou- dog jerseys The Cotton Company – Dimanta Throw Saint & Summer- Ebony shoe Epiphany – ORA earrings MOTH Home – linen leopard print toiletry bag & duffel bag Beach Cult – Ellena Top & Luna…

  • Fashion

    Local ladies clothing brands

    Spread the loveThere are some pretty awesome local clothing brands at the moment & who wouldn’t want to support a small business rather than giving your money to a corporate? I for one would rather have items I know have been made with love and have integrity- so if you are looking for some local brands to buy from, look no further: Sitting Pretty Sitting Pretty clothes are such incredible quality and will last you ages. They have a sale on at the moment too, don’t miss out! With environmental awareness, ethical trading and integrity underpinning the label’s philosophy, Sitting Pretty is particular about sourcing natural and environmentally friendly fibres…

  • Decor

    Boho Inspiration

    Spread the loveBoho decor is trending at the moment and I’ve been seeing some really gorgeously decorated spaces online. I’m not much of a fan of the cluttered, more eclectically styled rooms but I really like the obvious boho details like the macrame items, the patterned scatters, the tassels and pom pom throws, the hanging plants and woven rugs. Keep reading for some inspo from Pinterest and some online shops where you can buy some awesome boho items! Here is some inspiration from Pinterest: Here are some products you can buy online or locally to get the look: From Mr Price Home: From Superbalist: From Coricraft: Liv & Light Pom-pom…

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    Decorating with plants

    Spread the lovePlants can be a great feature in any room and can easily be used to fill a dead space or liven up an area. And if you haven’t got green fingers, there are some really nice faux plants around at the moment. The thing with plants is that they are so versatile and there are endless possibilities: put a palm in a basket, or a delicious monster leaf in a vase and create areas of interest with them. You can also find such great planters, ceramics, baskets etc. to put them in. Don’t be shy to mix and match! Here are some ideas: Some plants I have had…

  • Food,  Other

    Alcohol-free for the win!

    Spread the loveMy last post noted alcohol-free drinks as one the hot trends for 2019 and boy are we spoilt for choice these days with all the alcohol-free options available. This is super exciting for the preggy ladies out there, for the non drinkers and maybe those that are designated drivers for the night! Check out these awesome options that have recently landed at Yuppiechef: Artemis – Uplifting Botanical Alcohol-Free Cocktail Refreshing, invigorating non-alcoholic drink infused with Sceletium and Sutherlandia Based on the classic vodka, bitter lemon mix, Artemis consists of vodka flavour, 9% fresh lemon juice, lemon peel and grapefruit with a pinch of green peppercorn Low in sugar with only…

  • Food

    2019 Food Trends

    Spread the loveCrush online magazine have recently featured an article on the food trends for this year and quite frankly, I think they are bang on! Here is their list: SUSTAINABILITY, ETHICAL EATING, TRACEABILITY VEGANISM AND PEGANISM (read their article for definitions) LESS PACKAGING MORE THOUGHT – yes!! LOW OR NO ALCOHOL DRINKS (MOVE OVER MOCKTAILS) OAT MILK CULTURALLY DIVERSE FOOD SEED BUTTERS SEAWEED DEPOSITS AT RESTAURANTS MEAL KITS REAL BREAD CRUNCHY CRITTERS TRENDS THEY SEE HANGING AROUND FOR A WHILE STILL… Fermented foods (kimchi, kefir etc) poke, superfoods, smoothie bowls, nose to tail eating/offal, turmeric, florals, botanical and gin! I for one am truly happy that the Gin trend is sticking around! and lately I’ve seen…

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    Local Skincare brands

    Spread the loveI’ve been very excited lately to see some amazing local skincare ranges popping up on my Instagram feed. I’m all about natural (where possible) and the packaging and branding of some of them are really gorgeous and they make me want to try them all. I must admit, the one that I have been eyeing out the most is Skin Creamery. Skin Creamery The Skin Creamery vision is to instill a daily ritual of simple self-care, which translates into a loving appreciation for who you are, just as you are. Throughout the years, Hannah has remained committed to using only the finest organic ingredients. This means each component…

  • Decor

    Naturals

    Spread the loveOne of my favourite decor trends at the moment is the use of naturals: natural shades, natural materials, natural textures and so on. There are such great products out there to create the look and some are so incredibly versatile. Take for example the Malawi chair. The simple Malawi chair is my absolute best! It can be your choice for dining room chairs, you can place one in the corner of a bedroom, in an entrance hall or on your veranda. They can be natural or painted and you can spruce it up with a patterned scatter or leave it without- either way they look amazing. Some other…

  • Fashion

    Birthday wishlist

    Spread the loveIts my birthday month, yeah! So I have swiftly moved from my Christmas wishlist to my birthday one! Here are some things I have been eyeing out: Sandals from Kalimera Studs from Robyn Real Jewels Pajamas from Anna-Louise Sleepwear Half sun ring from Elio clothing Bikini’s from Heart Stuff Home Time Sleepwear Toiletry bag from Moth Home Kikoy from Kikoy-za Book: 21 Lessons For The 21st Century Maybe you want to add some of these to your birthday lists too 🙂

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    Do your bit for the planet

    Spread the loveI’ve definitely noticed a drive on social media in recent times about being more conscious of our consumption habits, using green products, staying away from single-use plastics etc. This is really great, especially in creating awareness. I know I have tried to make more conscious decisions around things I buy and use and hope that you have too. I can attribute most of my better decisions to the online store: Faithful to Nature. They have really made this journey so much easier by exposing me to natural and organic products that are better for the earth. They have excelled in creating a safe haven where your shopping experience…

  • Decor,  Food

    Picnic Essentials

    Spread the loveThese Autumn days are perfect for picnics, soaking up the warm sun with friends and enjoying being outdoors. Lucky for you, everything you need for the perfect picnic experience can be found on Yuppiechef! They really have an awesome selection of things to make your picnic sophisticated and easy! And absolutely no excuse for packing ugly plastic plates, cups and cutlery! Here are some things that caught my eye: Stemless wine glasses for the win; gorgeous picnic blankets from Indigi Designs (find more on their website); wine holder bag; stunning plastic crockery, cutlery & essentials, and don’t forget your eco-friendly straws! Grab a bottle of bubbly and some…

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    Manage your money like a F*cking Grownup

    Spread the loveFor some of you, this book needs no introduction! But for those of you that have not seen this book yet, or were on the fence about buying a copy, GO GET IT! While I don’t think I’m stupid when it comes to money, I certainly don’t know enough yet and this book has given me some excellent tips and a way forward.  It really is worth the read if you could do with a plan or a guide on what to do next or just a bit more knowledge on certain aspects. Sam has the most wonderful writing style and she really draws you in with her…

  • Decor

    Coming Soon: Lula Rugs

    Spread the loveI was SO excited to receive Lula Fabrics‘ newsletter on 17 January! They have such amazing fabrics and products and now they’ll be launching a range of rugs and I cannot wait! Made from recycled T-shirt cotton- what’s not to love?! And those prints! Check out the details below: I’ll let you know when they are available for purchase! But in the mean time, check out their other products here

  • Fashion

    Wish list

    Spread the loveSo this year there are some incredible local brands that have been on my radar, and tempting me on my Instagram feed, so in my head I had a small wish list that I wanted to spoil myself with. I’d like to continue to support local as there really are some amazing products out there and anyway, why support big chain stores when you can spread some love and help grow a small business?! Here are some of the things on my list: These beauties are from The Ostilly Collection. I particularly love their range of earrings and they can really make an outfit pop. I’m not a…

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    Latest Local Faves

    Spread the loveHi everyone!! It’s been a while! I have finally made some time to put together a blog post for you! I have spent many hours scrolling through Instagram of late and I am blown away by the amount of new local businesses popping up! This makes me very happy, and of course I have spent all my money in my head at least a hundred times over! I decided to put together a little list of some of my favourite items that I have been swooning over, as I’m 100% certain that you guys will enjoy them and might want to support a local business! Click on the…